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Combining Compressed Air Energy Storage, or CAES (pronounced "case") with wind power joins two advanced, clean-power technologies to meet the demand for baseload electricity using renewable resource--even when the wind isn't blowing. CAES technology transforms the intermittent quality of wind into reliable baseload electricity by storing electricity produced by wind turbines as compressed air during off-peak hours, and releasing it during peak demand as clean, readily available electrical power. This technology will allow WindSoHy to produce a baseload electrical power supply using only clean, renewable sources.

Until recently, the perception that coal and nuclear power could keep pace with the growing demand for electricity led to limited development of CAES technology. As a result, only two CAES plants--a 290 MW plant built in 1978 in Germany and a 110 MW plant built in the United States in 1991--were built over the past three decades. Both have performed with outstanding 97% reliability, consistently exceeding the reliability of other types of baseload power by 10-20% since their operations began. 

In our current national effort to update and improve our energy infrastructure and power grid, additional CAES plants are now being planned around the U.S. However, WindSoHy's wind/CAES/H2 plants will be the first to use completely renewable energy resources.

caes_illustration_final.pngWindSoHy's global engineering partner, Burns & McDonnell, supervised the 1991 construction of sole CAES in the U.S., located in McIntosh, Alabama. For scientific data, studies and additional information about CAES technology, visit the link below:

http://www.princeton.edu/~ssuccar/caesReport.html


 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 31 July 2013 )
 
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